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Creator Name: Lennon, Lynn
Creator Dates/Places: American, born 1928
Creator Name-CRT: Lynn Lennon
View: Full View
Creation Start Date: 1985
Creation End Date: 1985
Creation Date: 1985
Object Type: Photographs
Materials and Techniques: black and white photograph
Dimensions: Overall: 11 x 13 15/16 in. (27.94 x 35.41 cm.)
AMICA Contributor: Dallas Museum of Art
Owner Location: Dallas, Texas, USA
ID Number: 1988.38
Credit Line: Dallas Museum of Art, Mr. and Mrs. Homer B. Jester Fund
Copyright: ? Lynn Lennon
Context: Charles Willson Peale is credited with establishing Philadelphia as a center of portraiture for the new Republic, a tradition ably continued by his brother, his children, and later contemporaries, notably Thomas Sully. Peale was apprenticed to a saddler at age nine, but his broad interests and restless curiosity pushed him to explore science and art. A fascination with painting led him to seek lessons with local artist John Hesselius, and in 1763 Peale advertised himself as a painter. From 1767 to 1769 he studied in England with the expatriate Benjamin West, the only American artist to become president of the Royal Academy. Peale returned to America in time to join the Sons of Liberty and winter with the Continental army at Valley Forge.During the economic recession that followed the Revolution, Peale traveled extensively in Maryland and Pennsylvania seeking patronage. In December 1790 he began this portrait of Rachel Leeds Kerr, wife of Lt. David Kerr, a member of the House of Delegates and a justice of the peace in Talbot County, Maryland. Peale's rendering of Rachel Kerr reflects the late-eighteenth-century emphasis on the wife and mother as the head of the household. Dressed in her finest clothing and seated in a carved wooden chair, she looks out with a calm, contented smile, her arms resting on the chair and nearby table. Her elaborate headdress, embroidered shawl, fan, and handkerchief bespeak family comforts and nominal wealth; through the window sheep graze on the family property. Her tilted, oval face and pleasant expression are hallmarks of Peale's style, as are the careful draftsmanship and delicate brushwork."Dallas Museum of Art: A Guide to the Collection," page 218
AMICA ID: DMA_.1988.38
AMICA Library Year: 2003
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